Start Building a Better Small Business Now – Here’s How

Build a Better BusinessIn the past, big business owned innovation. If your name was Ford or General Electric you had the money to create influence that reached a global audience. You weren’t just the early adopters – you dictated what technology other organizations adopted. You showed everyone how it was done.

Thankfully, for small and mid-sized businesses, possibly like yours, that was yesterday.

Today, rapid advances in technologies like SaaS and mobility have literally changed everything.

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Video collaboration: a vision for driving the next big wave [Cisco]


It’s a startling number to fathom but this is where we’re headed: 90% of internet traffic will be in video form by 2013. Think about it. That’s a ton of YouTube views, a whole lot of Cisco TelePresence and WebEx meetings, scads of Skype chats, and heaps of online TV and movies.

How did we get here? Well, video communication and collaboration is where we’ve been headed for a while – as businesses and as consumers – even if we didn’t quite know it ten or 20 years ago. A picture, it’s said, is worth a thousand words. That’s because, at our core, we’re visual creatures – we respond better and retain more when we see rather than read words on a page or on a screen.

But it’s still taken some time for the technology to catch up to where we wanted to be. So we emailed and texted and tweeted and called (remember landlines?) because that’s what the technology and bandwidth capacity allowed. If video killed the radio star back in the 1980s, you might say a new kind of video did a bang-up job of slowing down network capacity throughout the 2000s. [Read more…]

Taking a fresh look at standardization in a BYOD world [Lenovo]


There’s a new reality out there – and by “out there” we mean inside your organization. Just take a look around your boardroom tables, your hallways and cafeteria, your employees’ desks, even in your data center itself – smartphones, tablets and laptops are everywhere and, more often than not, they’re not yours.

The consumerization of IT and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomena have swept the business world – 97% of employers, in fact, are letting employees access corporate data on their own devices (and not just devices, but applications and servers too). While this shift has freed employees from the office and the confines of the cubicle, enabling them to work more productively anywhere and anytime, it’s also come with huge challenges and questions for IT to grapple with, particularly in the areas of security and privacy. For instance: [Read more…]